Virtually Burning

by Ancel Gallery


Artist: Hugo Lami


Print and oil on canvas

60 cm x 80 cm x 2 cm

Ancel Gallery

Ancel is an online gallery based in London that supports and collaborates with emerging international artists. Our main goal is to reinvent the approach to discovering and collecting contemporary art by making new and exciting works available to a wider audience.


Hugo Lami was born in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1994. He is a Portuguese artist who lives and works between London and Lisbon. His artistic project unfolds into painting, sculpture, and multimedia installation. His artistic work makes use of history and mythology in contrast with the technological and cultural evolution of our time. By fusing concepts and objects and displacing them in time the artworks speak of possible utopias, dystopias, and lost futures of a hauntological dimension deeply rooted into our culture.

Lami received his MA in Sculpture with distinction from the Royal College of Art (London, 2019). He expanded his practice as a resident guest student at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (2017)  after completing his BA in Painting at the Fine Art Academy in Lisbon, FBAUL (2016).

Hugo was recently awarded the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund Award in 2020, the Studio Prize at The Muse at 269 in 2020, and the VIA Arts Prize Public’s Choice Award in 2019.

Recent group exhibitions include ‘Air’ at the gallery The Muse at 269 in London, UK (2020); ‘Grão’ at the Antiga Capitania in Aveiro, Portugal (2020); Digital Gods”, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany, (2018); Digital Display What is the Future of Art?”, Tate Modern, London, UK, (2016).  Recent solo exhibitions include ‘before the Multiverse’ online exhibition with the support of Gallery Espaço Real in Lisbon, Portugal (2020); ‘World Wide Web’ at Antichambre in Düsseldorf, Germany (2017) and ‘A Day’ at the gallery Graça Brandão in Lisbon, Portugal (2016)

Hugo is at the moment an artist in residence at the gallery The Muse at 269 and is working in a commission for UK Power Networks and Sustainability First. Future Projects include a solo exhibition in London in 2020 with a collection of works made for the UKPN commission and a group exhibition ‘In the Kingdom of Clouds’ at the museum MU.SA in Sintra, Portugal.


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